Facebook as a viral disease (soon to be cured?)

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From experience to meaning...

*update*: Facebook has responded this Princeton research in quite a great way. Read the story here, this chart gives a clue:

Via Time I found a different way of looking at social media, as a contagious, viral disease. But the Princeton researchers, based on their model, think that the end is probably near. Facebook users will lose interest in Facebook over time as their peers lose interest — if the model is correct. ”Ideas, like diseases, have been shown to spread infectiously between people before eventually dying out, and have been successfully described with epidemiological models,”  the researchers.

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Abstract of the research that can be read online here:

The last decade has seen the rise of immense online social networks (OSNs) such as MySpace and Facebook. In this paper we use epidemiological models to explain user adoption and abandonment of OSNs, where adoption is analogous to infection and abandonment is analogous to recovery. We…

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